The Richard Donner version
Scenes 355 -
374, "Lois puts it all together"
EXT. RIVER BANK NEAR NIAGARA FALLS - DAY
A YOUNG BOY sleeps in a small rowboat with a single paddle, a fishing
pole dangling over the side. His dog sleeps at the other end of
the boat. They float on the edge of a stillwater pool near a large
river. Too near, in fact, as the strong current begins to pull them
out into the mainstream.
EXT. VANTAGE POINT - NIAGARA FALLS - DAY
A vantage point overlooking the falls. CAMERA PANS the fence which
keeps the TOURISTS who look through binocular machines from falling
over the edge. The area is filled with FAMILIES, PEOPLE taking snapshots,
and especially NEWLYWED COUPLES, all holding hands. Not far away
is a hot dog stand doing brisk business.
CLOSE ON WEDDING RINGS - TRACKING SHOT
CAMERA CLOSE on a pair of clasped hands, each wearing a shiny new
wedding ring. CAMERA PULLS BACK: CLARK and LOIS walk hand-in-hand
along the vista like typical honeymooners. CLARK has a wistful look
in his eye, seems to be enjoying himself. LOIS is moodier, her thoughts
Just look at us, Lois. I mean here we are, strolling along like
any other happy couple on their honeymoon...
Lois - are you maybe feeling just a little bit of what I'm feeling?
I am if you're hungry.
(pause - apologetic)
I'm sorry, Clark, but if the truth be known - actually I was thinking
of... someone else.
Why is it I suddenly hear a cape flapping?
Well, I can't help it if I'm a girl with a one-track mind...
And right now, it's saying, "Feed me."
(pause - sigh)
Two hot dogs - coming up.
CLARK walks away to the hot dog stand as LOIS turns to look out
at the Falls.
EXT. NIAGARA RIVER - DAY
The row boat with the BOY has been caught up by the strong river
current, is carried quickly along toward rougher waters in the distance.
The dog barks, wakes up the BOY, who grabs his paddle, frantically
tries to stop his momentum.
EXT. HOT DOG STAND - DAY
CLARK stands at the end of a long line of PEOPLE at the hot dog
stand. He waits patiently, bored.
EXT. RIVER NEAR FALLS - AERIAL VIEW
From the air: The rowboat is tossed about by the violent current,
the BOY paddling ineffectively in circles.
EXT. FALLS VANTAGE POINT - DAY
LOIS stands looking through a binocular machine, PANS the area.
Suddenly: Screams from the PEOPLE around her. They point off excitedly.
LOIS wheels to look.
EXT. HOT DOG STAND
CLARK has heard the commotion, looks off as well.
EXT. TOP OF FALLS - AERIAL VIEW
The boat with the BOY and the dog approaches the top of the falls.
BACK TO LOIS
LOIS watches in horror.
ANGLE ON FALLS THROUGH BINOCULAR MACHINE
Seen through the binocular machine: the boat is about to tip over
the Falls. The BOY leans forward, hunches down, tucking his dog
CLOSE ON FALLS
The tiny rowboat cascades down through the swirling Falls. Suddenly:
SUPERMAN appears, bursts inside through the powerful waterfall,
plucks the BOY and his dog under him.
EXT. VANTAGE POINT AND LOIS
The CROWD gasps, pointing. LOIS lights up.
EXT. BASE OF FALLS
The empty rowboat slams into the base of the Falls, is shattered
EXT. RIVER BANK - DAY
SUPERMAN deposits the BOY and his dog on the bank of the stillwater
pool where he was first seen. The BOY looks up with hopeless adoration.
The dog barks excitedly.
Sorry. Only one ride to a customer.
EXT. VANTAGE POINT - BACK TO LOIS
LOIS swivels her binocular machine in vain. SUPERMAN is gone. The
CROWD still buzzes.
Where did he go now? And how come he just happens to be here when...
isn't that funny, Clark? Clark?
She turns, looks off, as CAMERA PANS to the hot dog stand, then
along the viewing rail, past the CROWD. CLARK is visibly absent.
CAMERA PANS BACK TO LOIS: Her face changes moods as she realizes:
And Clark isn't here... as usual.
371-374 SCENES OMITTED
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